In­quiry af­ter ar­rested man tells po­lice: I can’t breathe

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FOOTAGE of a man telling po­lice ‘I can’t breathe’ while be­ing re­strained has sparked an in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The 28-year-old, who is from the Bame com­mu­nity, was ar­rested by three of­fi­cers on sus­pi­cion of crim­i­nal dam­age and assaulting an emer­gency worker in Brighton this week.

In footage, he is heard ac­cus­ing po­lice of ‘crush­ing’ his Adam’s ap­ple and yells: ‘Why have you got your arm on my neck bro, I can’t breathe.’

A Sus­sex Po­lice of­fi­cer near his head re­peat­edly tells him his arm is on the sus­pect’s col­lar­bone and not his throat.

One wit­ness told the Brighton Argus: ‘I couldn’t believe how long they held him down to the ground for. I didn’t un­der­stand why they didn’t hand­cuff him straight away.

‘He didn’t ap­pear to be re­sist­ing and was clearly dis­tressed and in pain.’ Sus­sex Po­lice has re­ferred the in­ci­dent on Tues­day to the In­de­pen­dent Of­fice for Po­lice Con­duct (IOPC) – but in­sisted the man had been ag­gres­sive.

The force said it had been search­ing for a vul­ner­a­ble 17-year-old girl who was found hid­ing at the man’s home. ‘We train our of­fi­cers to pro­tect them­selves and oth­ers us­ing rea­son­able force and are re­view­ing this footage, to­gether with body-worn video cap­tured by the of­fi­cers of the en­tire in­ter­ac­tion, to iden­tify if any fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion or learn­ing is re­quired,’ it said. Last month, the IOPC launched an in­quiry into the death of Simeon Fran­cis (pic­tured), 35, who died in cus­tody in Devon on May 20. It came af­ter a sep­a­rate ar­rest by the same force in July last year when he was filmed telling po­lice: ‘I can’t breathe.’

PA

Watch­dog in­ves­ti­gat­ing: Po­lice in Brighton pin down the 28-year-old sus­pect

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